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Pseudechis and fantasies


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Posted by WW on November 21, 2002 at 04:11:45:

In Reply to: Re: Sorry Wolfgang... posted by Scott Eipper on November 16, 2002 at 04:06:56:

Hi Scott,

:I am interested to know which ones are fantasy and which are correct?

Much of this info is going to be under wraps until published, but I can give you a few ideas:

- The various splits of Pseudechis australis are fantasy - at the genetic level, this species is actually quite remarkably homogeneous - considering its distribution, it has by far the LEAST amount of genetic variation of any widespread species I have ever looked at, despite differences in size and colouration

- The two "Pailsus" are not in fact particularly closely related to each other - both "rossignolii" and "pailsi" are as closely related to P. australis as to each other.

- Generic classification in general - see the link below, nothing much has changed, except that "P. pailsi" is not particularly close to "P. rossignolii".

- Some of the Acanthophis are genetically identical, others are not.

This is not published yet - we are working on the paper. I hope you will understand that I don't really want to preempt the paper on kingsnake.com...

Cheers,

Wolfgang



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